Today’s Dawgs don’t misbehave more, they just live in a fishbowl

Dontavius Jackson's booking mugshots.

Dontavius Jackson's booking mugshots.

Like me, you’re probably really tired of reading police reports related to college athletics.

Whether it’s serious misbehavior like the brawl in Knoxville or the latest UGA-related DUI charge, or annoying minor infractions involving fireworks, scooters or learner’s permits, it’s gotten exceedingly tiresome.

But let’s not get all sanctimonious and start railing about the good ole days and how these things didn’t happen back … whenever.

It’s always happened. It just didn’t always result in police charges. And even when it did, it rarely resulted in media coverage. Stupid college kids aren’t any more stupid nowadays. They just live in an era when everyone is under a lot more scrutiny than they used to be.

When I was at UGA, I got to know a guy who had been one of the athletic department go-fers back in the 1960s when Vince Dooley picked up his first couple of SEC championships. The tales he told about the off-field shenanigans that some of the star football players got into make today’s transgressions sound like kindergarten stuff.

You just didn’t read about it back then.

But we’re in a different era now, and today’s Bulldogs have to come to terms with that fact. So far this offseason, I think Mark Richt’s response to the seven arrests of varying seriousness has been on the mark. A couple of players have been kicked off the team, as they should have been.

In the latest incident, Richt’s penalties so far (pending further investigation) are exactly what I expected, with Tavarres King suspended for a minimum of one game for underage possession of alcohol and Dontavius Jackson suspended for six games for his wayward journey through campus under the influence. One more misstep by Jackson and it’ll be time for him to join Zach Mettenberger and Montez Robinson.

And if, like me, you were wondering why Branden Smith, Jackson’s teammate who was in the car but had not been drinking, wasn’t behind the wheel as the designated driver, well, he got served with a license suspension notice.

Which bring us back to that continuing, embarrassing problem the Bulldogs seem to have with driver’s permits. Here’s a suggestion: When the team checks in for preseason practice, require everyone on the team to present a valid driver’s license (not a learner’s permit) before issuing their playing equipment.

No license, no helmet.

That might get the message across, don’t you think?

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216 comments Add your comment

Scott W.

July 13th, 2010
1:31 pm

If you’re going to fix society’s entitlement issues by starting with college athletics you haven’t a clue.

76-Dawg

July 13th, 2010
1:33 pm

I don’t think most of these full scholarship athletes realize how much money it cost to send them to school. Not to mention they get all the free tutoring they want. My son lost his Hope after his 1st year at UGA because he didn’t have the maturity to set priority’s or realize you have to study at UGA and his 4 years cost approx.$40,000. He had 3 room mates. So each full scholarship at UGA is worth north of $40,000 not to mention the respect that you will receive at company’s doing business in Georgia. It always amazed me at job interviews how much my degree from UGA meant to people in Georgia which helped me have a very good job. So these kids who are getting a free ride and get into a lot of trouble need to grow up and realize what they have and show some respect to a great school.

Scott

July 13th, 2010
1:34 pm

You’re right 41 points…if only we could have a disciplinarian like Urban Meyer running our team…we could have players shooting off assault rifles in the dorms and not even miss a game.

As to the fishbowl thing, I haven’t been young and out in Athens for a number of years but it sure seems like the Athens cops have a hardon for football players. You’d think that in most college towns the local cops would bend over backwards to help the sports teams but in Athens it seems like they try their best to bust them for any little thing.

And btw Techies, I don’t consider a DUI any little thing, I’m talking about the stupid coming out of an alley the wrong way on a scooter BS.

For the record

July 13th, 2010
1:35 pm

Please Please stop calling these kids Thugs. If you want to be a Man say what you really Mean!!!! Don’t hide behind words.
Things are NO different here than anywhere else and no different than the 50-60-70’s the only difference between now and then is the Tan Level of the people involved,
The trouble they are getting into is a problem to lable them THUGS is both racist and coawardly on our part. Especially when things alot worse go on every nite on Fraternity/Sorority row on a nightly basis.
To date there have been TWO thugs on this team. One White One Black. Mett and Robinson. Other than that these are typical college kids.

Scott

July 13th, 2010
1:41 pm

I agree with For the Record…if drinking underage and even driving after you’ve had a few beers in college makes one a thug, then I’d venture to say that 90 percent of all people in the country are “thugs”. If you went to college somewhere other than Tech, chances are you drank before you were 21, and there’s a better than 50/50 chance that you drove after you’d been drinking at some point…just because someone is a football player doesn’t mean that many of the regular student body don’t do the same or worse crap on a regular basis.

Scott

July 13th, 2010
1:44 pm

As far as getting rid of these problems, it does seem that MR needs to basically tell these guys that they have a big Athens PD target on their backs at all times. To someone that’s read the police reports, weren’t there other non football players in the car in this particular incident that didn’t even get written up? Sure seems like the local Barney Fifes are keeping score when it comes to football players. I’m guessing your average student doesn’t often get arrested on scooter related charges….

sugarcreekdawg

July 13th, 2010
1:45 pm

Have the charges aginst Da Rick been Dr opped?

SOGADOG

July 13th, 2010
1:46 pm

I see where the AJC has obtained all of Damon Evans’ emails. Enough, havent you guys crucified him enough? He has lost his job, 3.25 million dollars and probably his family. Why are you dancing on his grave? Leave the poor guy alone and let him put his life back together. .

FORTY ONE POINTS to your seventeen points

July 13th, 2010
1:46 pm

Scott

I would be glad to compare Meyer’s discipline, and number of arrests with Richt’s anytime.

((((((((((((((((((((((((41-17))))))))))))))))

For the record

July 13th, 2010
1:47 pm

@ Scott Thanks for the assist.

Scott W.

July 13th, 2010
1:50 pm

Everyone was arrested with the exception of Branden Smith and Vance Cuff’s ID was confiscated.

Scott

July 13th, 2010
1:52 pm

Meyer’s discipline….isn’t that an oxymoron? You mean how his players can get arrested for everything from shooting assault rifles in a dorm to the same type of alcohol related charges were are talking about here and somehow only get suspended for the NW Lousiana or other IAA game? Or how the guy that was on youtube for biting Ealey actually upped his own suspension from what that uber disciplinarian Urban Meyer gave him?

Scott W.

July 13th, 2010
1:52 pm

They’ve been warned as much as anyone who lives in Athens and knows what will happen if ACCPD catch you doing anything they can arrest you for. These kids are 18-20 and it won’t happen to them.

kerryb

July 13th, 2010
1:58 pm

I read Tim Tuckers blog on Damon Evans and could not comment because the blog was closed. The question I wanted to ask Tim was, What was the point of the story? The guy does’nt work for UGA anymore so why keep writing blogs about him. Who he had contact with is no business of ours now. Get over it Tim.

FORTY ONE POINTS to your seventeen points

July 13th, 2010
1:58 pm

Scott—-now you’re blaming the Athens PD. Yep, all the PD’s fault. “Barney Fife’s”? Geeeez…

How2fish

July 13th, 2010
2:04 pm

For the record agree with most of what you said..most the folks calling them thugs are only interested if they are UGA players..color of their skin is in most cases a by blow..still wrong.

Scott W.

July 13th, 2010
2:04 pm

Hey,FORTY ONE POINTS to your seventeen points I thought you were on jorts duty.

jack bull

July 13th, 2010
2:09 pm

sorry to change the subject, but that little article by T Tucker about some of the documents being released in the Evans deal brought up a very big question for me….ms. fuhrmann’s email said, ‘just wanted to thank you ALL for a wonderful night…..’ who the heck is ‘you all’??? just who was with him on this intial night?? if anyone knows more about this, please fill is in.. i would’ve commented on this on Tim’s blog, but comments are closed at the moment..

Damon Evans

July 13th, 2010
2:10 pm

Hey”Good People” anyone wanna party? Guess what I ‘ll drive !

UGA grad

July 13th, 2010
2:11 pm

Why does someone not driving get served with a driving suspended notice?? Can someone elaborate, because that’s a new one on me.

Scott

July 13th, 2010
2:13 pm

Notice that 41 points didn’t respond to my questions about actual instances of Urban Meyer’s stellar discipline….

And btw, I’m not blaming the Athens cops, I’m sure it’s like any other police force where there are good cops and ones that seems to enjoy their power more than others. It does seem like over the last few years that if you’re a football player and there’s anything, from the nitpickiest scooter driving charge, that they can nab you for…they will do it gladly.

Scott W.

July 13th, 2010
2:13 pm

When the officer says “you can take your friends car home, wait no you can’t your license is suspended”

Damon Evans

July 13th, 2010
2:18 pm

UGA ….where people are “Good People” and Thugs are players !

UGA grad

July 13th, 2010
2:20 pm

Scott W. That may be the case, but unless he drvies the car, that is a bogus ticket. If you’re riding with someone who gets arrested, but you don’t have a driver’s license, is there a charge there?

Damon

July 13th, 2010
2:21 pm

*******HIC!*******

We ruin this state

July 13th, 2010
2:24 pm

UGA: Where we ALWAYS have more arrests than wins.

Scott W.

July 13th, 2010
2:26 pm

I don’t believe it was a ticket. I believe it was an acknowledgement that he did not have a valid license and couldn’t drive. I haven’t passed the BAR or anything but I’m pretty sure there is no charge for riding in a car without a license.

Scott

July 13th, 2010
2:27 pm

GT: where we use academics as an excuse for why UGA kicks our butts, even though our football team was just on probation for academics and we started Reggie “I can’t count to 4″ Ball at QB for years.

RxDawg

July 13th, 2010
2:29 pm

Well put, and what most of us level headed fans have known all along.

Not sure if I agree with having a valid drivers liscense be a requirement to play. That said, did I miss something? Is it a whole lot harder to get and keep a drivers liscense these days? I’m not THAT far removed from being their age.

Boring

July 13th, 2010
2:31 pm

Yawn, its like the same 4 people that run their mouths about these things anyway, and who cares what those four d-bags have to say about UGA. Seems like more, but these retards just repeatedly post under different names to try to get to us, cause their teams suck and they envy UGA. Nothing new.

Boring

July 13th, 2010
2:36 pm

Hey Scott, don’t forget the guy they woke up at an intersection drunk, but its no big deal cause he is in the NFL now, so he doesn’t count to the jorts nation.

RxDawg

July 13th, 2010
2:42 pm

“4 sec teams in top 10!!!!!!!”

Yeh, that’s about right.

We ruin this state

July 13th, 2010
2:45 pm

Top NCAA Division 1 teams in terms of all-time major NCAA infractions cases. Source ncaa.org

1)Arizone State
2)SMU
3)Auburn
4)Minnesota
5)Oklahoma
6)Texas A&M
7)Wichita State
8)Wisconsin
9)Cal
10) Florida State
11)GEORGIA

Aren’t you proud?

UGA

July 13th, 2010
2:46 pm

Where we can have half our football team suspended and still put a whoopin on Tech LOL!

UGA

July 13th, 2010
2:48 pm

Hey ruin – sure am proud, thought we’d be a little higher, but thats cool. Also don’t see you d-bags running your mouths off about Auburn or Oklahoma, so whats your point? Oh don’t got one huh, figures. Your Mom says Hi by the way.

still "boring"

July 13th, 2010
2:50 pm

Funny you just used a slur against FL…a team you guys cannot beat with regularity.

And, similar to “you are what your eat”, a team seems to be what they recruit…

Boring

July 13th, 2010
2:51 pm

Yeah the jorts nation has had us the last 10 or so years, but WE still own that series son, and don’t you forget that.

Some things never change...

July 13th, 2010
2:52 pm

I remember back in the 80’s going from one party to another while drinking. Wrecked my car ( flat tire ) on the turn near the railroad tracks. Ended up changing my tire as the Athens cops questioned what happen. Told them my tire blew when in fact I hit the curb. Got lucky that night and didn’t get busted. Those days are gone but the culture remains.

Boring

July 13th, 2010
2:52 pm

And we own tech too!

meh

July 13th, 2010
2:53 pm

This is obviously a big deal, and Richt Handled it the right way, you can’t crucify these kids for a misstep. Everyone on hear preaching should probably think about to their college days and if they ever did any under age drinking.

UGA

July 13th, 2010
2:54 pm

Yeah I was up there a little while ago Some things, and those guys are everywhere. They are about as bad as the Cobb County PD. Don’t want to mess around up there anymore cept on gamedays.

We ruin this state

July 13th, 2010
2:56 pm

UGA

The whole Gator team was knows your Mom.

We ruin this state

July 13th, 2010
2:58 pm

@ Boring

How’s that “series” record with Bama, LSU, TN going?

Pitbull

July 13th, 2010
3:16 pm

American troops are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan, and over a hundred thousand lives are at risk in Haiti after the earthquake, the Gulf of Mexico is becoming an oil cesspool, and we have an official unemplooyment rate of 10% (an unofficially about 17%) , but the media (make that the AJC) want to talk about misdemeanors by Georgia football players.

I think the headlines say more about the AJC and it’s financial priorities selling papers and advertising, than it does about the UGA football team.

College football players in all conferences from coast to coast in almost every school get arrested every year. Just do the research and you will find players from almost every division 1A school. The media probably doesn’t even bother to print the arrests of players fromdivision 1AA schools.

If you really want to eliminate the college football player arrest problem then petition the NCAA to raise the SAT requirement for a student to participate as a member of a intercollegiate football team to 1200.

That will probably eliminate about 98% of the arrests. The football will suck, but the arrests will end.

Scott W.

July 13th, 2010
3:18 pm

Bama by 10, LSU & UT by 4, but we only play one of those teams every year. How’s your AU record guy?

We ruin this state

July 13th, 2010
3:54 pm

Scott W.

Wrong.

Bama leads 36-25-4
AUB leads 53-52-8
LSU leads 15-12-1
Tenn leads 21-16-2

Maybe you should join the ACC.

Scott W.

July 13th, 2010
4:04 pm

Whatever, troll.

We ruin this state

July 13th, 2010
4:07 pm

LMAO! “troll”—ooooh no. You’re a brilliant one.

Scott W.

July 13th, 2010
4:14 pm

As brilliant as Mom jokes I suppose.

dawg daze

July 13th, 2010
4:18 pm

@ Scott w……old daug saying…if you can’t run with the big dogs, stay off the porch.